City Prepare Club Record Bid For Defender

Credit Graham Burrell

No, not that defender.

Amongst all of the chatter about a possible returning loan hero, it seems we might be interested in someone completely different, 23-year-old Dundee United defender Jamie Robson. That’s according to the Daily Record, a fairly reliable source of information north of the border. Even more interesting is the reported fee: £200,000. If that’s the case, it would certainly make Robson our official record purchase, although with so many undisclosed fees it would be hard to ascertain how accurate that is.

Who is Jamie Robson? He’s a Perth-born defender who has appeared 168 times for the Tangerines after graduating from their academy. He’s a left-back, and amongst those appearances, there have been 36 in the Scottish Premier League. He’s entering the last year of his contract and reportedly was a target for both Oxford United and Ipswich earlier in the summer. He has two winner’s medals from his time at Tannadice, a Scottish Challenge Cup in 2017 and a Scottish Championship in 2020.

On the face of it, this could be a confusing one for supporters. With Tayo Edun and Cohen Bramall, we seemingly have two decent left-backs, and although Tayo can play in midfield the competition there makes it tough for him to get a regular run. Cohen was played in a more advanced role against Scunthorpe and could certainly convert to a left-winger, which might necessitate another left-back, but a club record bid? That surprises me. Remember, we still have Max Melbourne on the books too, and he’s had plenty of minutes in pre-season.

Tayo Edun – Credit Graham Burrell

I dropped onto Wyscout thinking I’d find that Robson could also play left centre back (now that would make sense), but that’s not the case. He’s an out-and-out left-back, a player who rarely steps inside. In fact, of the 3388 minutes he played for Dundee United last season, just 82 were at left centre back. Those were the first 82 minutes of his professional career he’d dropped into the role.

He is very much a functional left-back, he gets forward and delivers around three crosses per game, and he can play left wing-back too. He only provided a single assist last season, that coming at Tannadice against eventual champions Rangers. However, watching the clip it is hard to tell the difference between Dundee Utd and Lincoln City – playing out from the back, through the holding role, eventually spreading a ball out to an advancing left-back who lofts a telling cross into the box. In terms of their patterns of play, certainly in that move, I can see the attraction.

I can imagine Jamie Robson has lots of potential, the report discusses ‘add ons’ which will make it even more lucrative for the selling club, and with the interest already shown from other clubs this summer, he’s obviously a decent player. My only real fear here is the amount of social media users who would be likely to post ‘That’s not TJ‘ on any announcement.

In fact, it’s enough to make me come off social media and burn my laptop. And gouge out my eyes.